The Inaugural “Willie Pep” Invitational was a complete standing room only sell out with 11 action packed bouts. The elite of Amateur Boxers in the northeast ascended 11 stories into the Hartford skyline at the historic Bond Ballroom to do battle.

This fund raiser was presented by McHugh Chapman and Vargas LLC and hosted by USA Boxing CT. All Proceeds benefited USA Boxing Connecticut.

The Papaleo Family was honored with a vintage WBC World Championship Belt, USA Boxing presented a replacement CT Boxing Hall of Fame Plaque and a framed fight poster signed by all of the participating boxers. Heather Concepcion was honored as Official of the Year by USA Boxing. She is a USAB judge, timekeeper and USAB CT Registration Chairperson.

This is also the first time that two of the four major World Championship Sanctioning Bodies have collaborated on an Amateur Invitational. The World Boxing Council, President Mauricio Sulaiman, Supervisor Mike George attended and The International Boxing Federation, President Daryl Peoples in attendance, created custom belts and awards for the boxers. The show was produced for TV by Phil Giubileo and will air on YouTube in the coming days.

Thank you to all the sponsors who helped make this show such a success!

McHugh Chapman & Vargas LLC "Where Lives and the Law Matter" Middletown CT, Everlast, Western New England Golden Gloves, and the Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame. (the 12TH annual CBHOF Gala Induction Dinner is on Friday night, November 4, in the Uncas Ballroom at Mohegan Sun) for more info.


Highlights: go to and

Joseph Chisholm def Ben Lincoln (dec)

Isaiah Deas def Cameron Edwards (dec)

Diego Bengochea def Keno Luna (dec)

Kevan Bonilla def Edison Vasquez (dec) Most outstanding Bout Award.

Francis “The Tank” Hogan def Nathan Laura (dec)

James Aquino def Abdul Sebbai (dec)

Anthony “The Enforcer” Nieves def Nico Germin (dec)

CJ Hernandez def Nathan Martinez (dec)
Honorable Mention: Action Bout

Jacob “Lefty” Marrero def Anthony Rosado (dec) Most Outstanding Boxer Award, Marrero.

Dayshon Smith def Carlos "Talented" Marrero (dec)

Brandon Lynch def Demek Hightower Edmonds by KO 00:53 in the first round.

Walkover Winners include: Jose Burgos Jr. and Fernely Feliz Jr.

Thank you to all that supported the show.

Don't forget to come out and support the upcoming shows: Dennis Perkins Promotions 11/5, Ortiz Boxing 11/11, Montalvo Boxing 11/12, Hartford Boxing Championships 3 11/19, COBA 12/3, The Silver Gloves 12/10, and Whaling City Boxing 12/17.

A full Autumn Season is in full swing. Don't Miss a punch!